One of the aims of the eFeP is to evaluate e-feedback in terms of the quality of feedback that different written and spoken media elicit. For example, does audio-recorded feedback encourage tutors to give more detailed explanations than written feedback, or is it the other way round? Do tutors tend to focus more on strengths or weaknesses when they write annotations on a written script? How specific are the comments that they write on a feedback summary e-form?
By gaining a better understanding of each medium’s affordances, we should be in a better position to ensure that each of these media is used to its full potential. This should both enhance learning and ensure that tutors make the best possible use of their time.
Using the FACT analysis method, the project team will analyse the feedback given by:
• 36 OU tutors on 200 Spanish writing and speaking assignments
• 5 tutors at Manchester University on Italian writing assignments
• University of Manchester students on Italian assignments written by their peers